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A Krampus Poem For The Books – 5 Options To Tell The Kids

We’ve all heard of Santa Claus, but Krampus is a much better story to tell at night. These Krampus poem options are exactly what horror fans need to help ring in some Christmas cheer and fear.

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A Krampus Poem For The Books – 5 Options To Tell The Kids

The story of Krampus is a fun one to read. He half-goat and half-man and is sort of Santa’s sidekick if you believe in European folklore. His main job is to help Santa deal with naughty kids… in the most horrible way possible.

In order for parents to get their children scared of this monster, they would tell them a Krampus poem or story at night. It would sound all sing-songy and rhyme-like, but in the end, it was about death and murder. Ah good times in Europe. Good times.

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The lesson was simple – not to be naughty, to continue to listen to everything that was told to them, and to WATCH OUT. Krampus did not hand out coal. Instead, he beat up kids, kidnapped them, and dragged them to HELL. WHUT?

When Is Krampus Day?

Are you looking to celebrate and bring this tradition to your American home? I knew you would! The Feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated in parts of Europe on December 6th. In order to scare the living daylights out of all the kids, the community as a whole decided to make the kidnapping day occur the night before – December 5th. So, Krampus Day… AKA Krampus Night or Krampusnacht is officially on the 5th. Mark your calendars.

I’ve Ruined My Children With My Krampus Poem! Now What?!

Ok, so let’s say you wanted to have a little fun and you began reading these poems to your kids and now they are throwing up in a corner. Fear not! I have a solution. Krampus actually has a known weakness and oddly enough it is just FRUIT.

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All you have to do to make Krampus go away is give him an apple or an orange as he is about to kidnap you. Then he will sit down and eat it while changing his tune and demeanour. I am not making this up. After he finishes his juicy apple, he will forget that the child is bad and actually just go away.

As long as the child has some fruit to offer, all is forgiven. Don’t you wish this was the rule for our world? UGH.

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Where Exactly Is This Legend From?

They say that Krampus began his journey in Germany and his name is derived from the term, Krampen, which means “claw.” If we want to get into even more detail, it seems that Krampus was a part of a winter solstice pagan ritual.

How he eventually tied into Christianity and Christmas is unclear… but the church tried VERY HARD to break the association. You know how that works out. The more you don’t want something to happen, the more it ends up naturally occurring.

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